Word From the Sheriff

As the PCWIN project is moving forward with the installation of vehicle radios by Motorola, I would like to take the time to commend the Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers, of Tucson and Green Valley, who have donated their time, eight hours a day for the next three months to participate in the check-in process for the Sheriff’s Department vehicles.  The installation of the new radios is a large undertaking and once again the volunteerism of our SAV’s is astonishing.  A big thank you to them!

As we await the outcome of the most recent Lieutenant’s process, I am glad that so many of our sergeants chose to participate in this opportunity for advancement.  By mid-October, two new lieutenants and four sergeants should be in place and I am certain they will be prepared for the challenge of their new assignments.


(Example of 3-D replication of a crime scene)

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department, in cooperation with the Pima County Attorney’s Office, recently purchased the Leica C10 laser scanner and the Leica GPS system.  These  two new pieces of equipment will allow us to record crime scenes in three dimensions with great quality.

The Leica GPS system was purchased to replace the Sokkia GPS system that the Traffic Unit has been using to document crime scenes for the past seven years.  The Sokkia system was dated; experienced software and hardware failures and no longer had manufacturer support.  The Leica system works the same way as the Sokkia system; however, the Leica system has advanced technology and new hardware.   The Leica GPS uses court tested technology and is highly beneficial in rural and traffic related crime scenes.

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Military Service Medal

In recognition of all personnel who have served or are currently serving in the United States Military, either active duty or in a reserve component, the Department has authorized a new Military Service Medal. Personnel who meet the criteria set forth below will receive the Military Service Medal.

NOTE: Uniformed personnel will also receive the Military Service Ribbon. Please refer to change in order of precedence.

Eligible employees should complete the Military Service Medal Request Form 188A (available on the Portal only) and route it to the Material Management Section via Chain-of-Command.

In addition to the criteria set forth below, eligible employees must have successfully completed initial employment probationary period:

  1. Has successfully and honorably completed at least one (1) enlistment as shown by a DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty; OR,
  2. Has a Certificate of Honorable Discharge. This applies to a service member who was unable to complete a full enlistment due to a combat related injury resulting in separation from the military; OR,
  3. Has a Certificate of Honorable Discharge or Certificate of Service.

We are anticipating the initial order of medals and ribbons in the next 2-4 weeks. Issuance will be handled by order of chain-of-command approval of requests.

Sheriff's Canine Dies

The Sheriff’s Department is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Kilo, one of our canines.

On September 10, 2013, Kilo, Deputy Ahern’s canine partner, had to be euthanized due to a sudden spinal cord injury that paralyzed the back half of his body. The injury occurred while Kilo was off duty and chasing a toy in Deputy Ahern’s back yard.  Kilo was taken to the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson where he was diagnosed with trauma to his spinal cord from a broken piece of spinal disk. The veterinarians treated Kilo with every procedure available to them.  Unfortunately, they were unable to restore any movement in Kilo’s rear legs.

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